A Special ‘Parks and Recreation’ Treat (Yo Self)

I was smiling as soon as Leslie Knope’s face lit up my TV screen. Heck, I was smiling as soon as the show’s quirky title sequence livened up my living room – both things I never thought I’d experience again following the end of Parks and Recreation’s original run. The Pawnee Parks Department is back to assuage our stay-at-home blues with a greatest hits run of iconic bits and recurring show motifs— along with some quarantine jabs thrown in for good measure. Sure, the episode lacks the polish of a usual production and is missing the surefire energy of an in-room ensemble, but this Coronavirus relief special is nonetheless a momentous reunion delivered at the right place and right time. Continue reading

‘Extraction’ Review – A Fun and Forgettable Netflix Actioner

At one point in Extraction, Chris Hemsworth presses a dude’s face into an upturned rake. Hemsworth should’ve capitalized on the moment like the most glorious of all character introductions, stating coolly: “Rake. The name’s Tyler… Rake.” Extraction is the kind of B-movie actioner tailor-made for our current stay-at-home viewing impulses, and a particular kind of Marvel-actor brand slowly carving out a genre space in Netflix’s domain. Some of us might crave something with a little more substance, but in the listless routine of our quarantine days, a quick adrenaline fix can go a long way. Continue reading

Adrian’s Comfort Playlist Pt. I

I have a saying: “When in sheer agonizing self-doubt… put on some music.” Music has been an extremely therapeutic tool for me (like, actually sitting down and listening to music and nothing else), even more so nowadays. Sometimes music weathers the mood, other times encompasses it. These are some very solitary days we have ahead of us and so full of uncertainty. If we’re gonna be stuck in our homes for a while, then I’ll need a soundtrack to blot out the gloom of the news.

Fortunately, I freakin’ love making playlists full-stop. (Back when we used to burn CDs, I was your guy.) I’ve stuck by a select set of songs these past two weeks that I’ve since dubbed as my Comfort Playlist and I felt like passing them along. Not to brag, but I’ve been told I have TERRIBLE taste in music. Here’s a current collection of songs that have helped me allay some of today’s dread. Continue reading

Revisiting DOOM 2016

Confession: I’ve never played a Doom game until Spring of last year. And you can best believe that upon finishing the game’s most excellent campaign, I’ve been giving myself hell for not having played sooner.

Doom: Eternal comes out this Friday to an onslaught of fevered anticipation. Not only is Eternal among 2020’s most anticipated games via every gaming publication out there, but with so many indefinite closures, postponements, and cancellations in the wake of our current pandemic, Eternal arrives as a much-needed distraction. I myself plan on doing absolutely nothing this Friday except opening a bottle of Jack and mercilessly beating Eternal’s campaign. Continue reading